The exhibition “La Spina, Dall’Agro Vaticano a Via della Conciliazione, Materiali Ricordi Progetti” (translated “The Backbone, From Agro Pontino to Via della Conciliazione, Materials Memories Designs.”) , hosted by Musei Capitolini, offers a journey back in time within the places that bring to St. Peter’s Basilica, recounting about the great transformations from antiquity until the 1950’s Jubilee, when Rome’s urban fitment was completed.


The showing, open from July 20th until November 20th, commemorates places that don’t exist anymore although they have long been keepers of memories regarding historical events that brought to Rome’s renovation as it is today, the Capital of Italy and, at the same time, the symbolic center of Christianity.

The central idea of the exhibit is the "Spina" (translated “Backbone”), keeping its two meanings, one being the toponym derived by the shape of the Renaissance’s stretched block (disappeared today), the second being the “foreign body” that, during demolitions, has been extracted from the connective web of the Eternal City.

The demolition of “Spina dei Borghi” and the opening of Via della Conciliazione left a tangible sign on the modern Rome, which came after the overcoming of the disagreements between State and Vatican, thanks to the Lateran Treaty of 1929. These changes modified the view of the Vatican even under a symbolic meaning. During the visit of this exhibition, one can understand the historical period from a topographic point of view by the means of historical and audio-visual cartography, then learn what happened during the different life phases and the occupation of these places, thanks to archaeologic finds, fragments of detached frescoes, printed landscapes, paintings and photos.

2016 is a Jubilee year and all the eyes are on the Vatican City and Via della Conciliazione, that’s why visiting this exhibit is a must-do to fully understand Rome and the changes that made Rome as we see it today. This showing is promoted by “Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai beni Culturali”, organized by “Zètema Progetto Cultura” and curated by Laura Petacco and Claudio Parisi Presicce.

Detail from the stairs that bring to Piazza del Campidoglio

Detail from the stairs that bring to Piazza del Campidoglio

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